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Twenty-Five Year Vanderbilt University Employee Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A 25-year, dedicated and honored Vanderbilt University employee represented by Rubenfeld Law has filed a Federal discrimination and retaliation lawsuit (link here) against her employer, after a two year pattern of harassment and hostile behavior toward her following her medically-necessary transition from male to female. The suit notes the “stunning hypocrisy” by Vanderbilt which presents itself as a leader in support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and students.

Olivia Hill, a US Navy combat veteran, was an exemplary employee of the Vanderbilt Power Plant for a quarter of a century, never receiving disciplinary action or negative reviews, and during that time held nearly every job in the Plant; created all of the control graphics for it; helped write the  Procedures for each piece of equipment; and received numerous awards including the ‘Vanderbilt Chancellor Heart and Soul Award,’ for “going far beyond her job expectations while carrying out the spirit and mission of Vanderbilt in all they do.”

Miss Hill is the first and only employee of Vanderbilt to transition while working there.

Following Ms. Hill’s acknowledgement to her supervisors in 2018 of the medical need to transition, Ms. Hill was subjected to numerous instances of hateful, vulgar and egregious harassment.  Although she properly followed all ‘University channels,’ ultimately her plea for help was ignored – and SHE was put on involuntary leave, while none of the harassers were punished and she was subjected to continued retaliation.  

“Although it is clear Ms. Hill continues to love Vanderbilt, she was left with no option but to seek legal protection and restitution for all she has suffered and lost,” explained Abby Rubenfeld, Ms. Hill’s attorney. “The way Olivia was treated violates federal and state law – and is consistent with Vanderbilt’s own policies and public presentation as allegedly being a model of LGBTQI tolerance and inclusion — and is simply the height of hypocrisy as well as illegal under numerous laws and statutes cited in the lawsuit.”

Cision View original content:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/twenty-five-year-vanderbilt-university-employee-files-federal-discrimination-lawsuit-301389197.html

SOURCE Rubenfeld Law Office PC


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Massive Bio, Inc. to Partner With Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness and Self-Care Catalysts to Accelerate Clinical Trial Enrollment and Digital Health Solutions

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$cancer #ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMassive Bio today announced it has entered a partnership with Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness (VPCa), and Self-Care Catalysts to increase clinical trial and real-world evidence research participation in prostate cancer. This will help put Massive Bio in a position to attract new patients and will provide Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness and Self-Care Catalysts with new ways to help their members fight cancer. “Today there are over 500,000 Veterans with prostate cancer in the VHA system, over 16,000 of those are fighting a metastatic form of the disease where clinical trials can help. The partnership between Massive Bio, VPCa, and Self-Care Catalysts provide the patient search and navigation tool to effectively guide thousands of Veterans to new treatments and clinical trials,” stated Mike “Bing” Crosby, Founder & CEO of VPCa.

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Massive Bio is known in the healthcare industry for its SYNERGY-Artificial Intelligence (AI) clinical trial matching program, as well as its Virtual Tumor Board. Massive Bio is a leader in AI-enabled patient-centric clinical trial enrollment whose mission is to provide cancer patients access to clinical trials regardless of their location or financial situation. “We are very excited for our partnership with VPCa, and Self-Care Catalysts,” stated Selin Kurnaz, Co-Founder and CEO of Massive Bio. “Teaming up with both parties to provide prostate cancer patients with more access to clinical trials is an exciting development for our companies.” “Our partnership with Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness and Massive Bio brings together an unprecedented platform to drive real-world evidence research and outcome,” said Grace Castillo-Soyao, Founder and CEO of Self Care Catalysts.

About Massive Bio

Massive Bio’s mission is to provide access to clinical trials for every cancer patient regardless of his/her location and/or financial ability. Massive Bio’s AI-driven platform connects cancer patients and their oncologists to bio-pharmaceutical clinical trials yielding profound improvement in access and match rates, thus leading to faster drug development timelines, and creating a novel oncology data ecosystem for improved protocol design and real-world insights. Massive Bio controls the patient enrollment value chain starting with patient identification, followed by AI-based virtual pre-screening outside the site and resolving any registration or recruitment issues for clinical trial enrollment. While improving cancer patients lives, Massive Bio serves nearly two dozen pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations (CROs) and providers. Oncology dedicated patient recruitment, site selection, real-world data services and AI-based scaled trial pre-screening services are provided to its enterprise customers. Massive Bio was founded in 2015, is headquartered in NYC, and is privately funded by strategic and financial investors. For more information, visit https://massivebio.com or contact support@massivebio.com.

Massive Bio has also been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop and characterize its Deep Learning Clinical Trial Matching System (DLCTMS) Federal under SBIR Contract No. 75N91020C00016.

About Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness

VPCa is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives by promoting prostate cancer awareness, education, and solutions among the veteran population and active-duty military members. Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness (VPCa) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in December 2016 by the founder’s personal journey with prostate cancer and his experience with the Phoenix VA Medical Center in 2014 and 2015.

About Self-Care Catalysts

Self-Care Catalysts puts patients at the center and intersection of human networks, technology and science with a platform called Health Storylines; a disease-agnostic and customizable platform that connects healthcare stakeholders to engaged patients, generating real world data that they require to make informed decisions. The Health Storylines platform enables delivery of holistic care, research and behavior intervention by always putting the patient first, allowing patients to take control of their journey, connecting them with the often-siloed healthcare ecosystem, building and earning their trust and honoring healthcare neutrality.

The partnership is announced in conjunction with the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, which aligns with all three companies’ goals of raising awareness, increasing educational resources, and providing access to treatment and clinical trials. A partnership between the three companies will result in the ability to reach more patients, and to give them the best experience and treatment options for their cancer care.


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Co-founder and CEO of Massive Bio


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Founder and CEO of Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness Inc.

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Grace Castillo-Soyao

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Self Care Catalysts


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Zander Keig: Trans US Veteran Mental Wellnes Coach

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Zander Keig, a US military veteran, a trans man who has dedicated his career in service to others.

Zander comes from a family with a rich history serving in the US armed forces. After a medical discharge, his career took a slightly winding path yet always with a focus on being of service to others. He became a local police officer, achieved a degree in conflict resolution with a focus on corporate merger and acquisition. But he then attended seminary focusing again on service to others achieving a Masters in Theology. Afterward, he began working in career services working for the State of California working with US Veterans. An economic downturn led to being laid off. and took the opportunity to relocate to Orlando, Florida to be close to family.

During COVID he was led into his current role of providing consulting and coaching services virtually. Zander provides services through an Employer Assistance Program (EAP). Many employers provide EAPs as part of their employee benefits package. The EAP can provide a wide range of support services. Check to see if you have an EAP as part of your benefits. Familiarize yourself with their offerings and take advance of them. For example, many offer mental health services up to a set number of appointments. Many are now providing special services in response to COVID helping employees cope with stress, anxiety, depression, financial concerns, life coping, relationship coaching, sleep hygiene, and more.

Zander is also through consulting helping to establish wellness and inclusion oriented webinars for companies. There is a gap between policy and practice. Due to COVID, there is a huge burnout issue. All the additional home and at-home care responsibilities and issues resulting from COVID while working remotely from home has made many to feel isolated, disconnected, and burnt out. Zander shared that he is working on a new educational service exploring childhood adverse experiences, their impact on adulthood health, outlook, and lifestyle, and how to deal with such adversity in a healthy way. He explains the strong study based research that correlates trauma to addiction, homelessness, obesity, diabetes, heart health.

We chatted about how the LGBTQI community member due to social stigma and family ignorance, religious intolerance dogmatic beliefs, bullying, being shunned, being harassed, and so much more are an adverse experience which also can, and often do affect, the LGBTQ persons.

We chat quite a bit about the US Veteran Administrative Health services and in general how great they are. Both Zander and I are US Veterans AND both use the VA as our healthcare provider. Zander shared how the US VA has two policy directives for the LGB veterans and the second for transgender and intersexed veterans. These policies outline all the rights and entitlements for LGBTQI+ veterans have as medical patients. In addition, all VA centers have at least one LGBTQI+ Patient Care Coordinator who is like a patient advocate. Those may be found on the VA website. The Affordable Care Act ACA) aka Obama Care opened the VA up to provide Healthcare to all US veterans who qualify based on income. All US veterans are encouraged to check out the VA’s website to learn all the facts and see if you may qualify.

Transgender American Veterans Association: http://transveteran.org/ The Transgender American Veterans Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting trans veterans to receive the care and benefits they deserve.

American Veterans for Equal Rights http://aver.us/ American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) is a non-profit, non-partisan, chapter-based Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran servicemembers dedicated to full and equal rights The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) https://modernmilitary.org/

MMAA is the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families and allies. To connect with

Zander find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/zanderkeig/

His website is: https://www.zanderkeig.net/

Join me and Zander on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

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